- File Size: 3874 KB
- Print Length: 358 pages
- Publisher: Premier Press Publishing (December 18, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 18, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01N0SNUZ4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,236,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The fascination for me was reading as the simple-minded Jacob descends into the madness of his new surroundings, and how what at first glance looked so foreign and beneath him became an area where he soon learns to not only survive in, but become one member of the community.
This story starts at 100 mph and doesn't let up, with a healthy dose of shady characters and plot twists to keep the reader holding on for the ride.
Author – David Lloyd
Genre – Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
347 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 6/14/17
No 40. - 2017
My impressions: Naive, gullible, immature, simplistic, repetitious, corruption, evil characters.
Jacob Carmichael – Twenty-one year old studying to become a Baptist preacher who becomes a drunken wimp.
Tamar Carmichael – Jacob’s sister.
Karina – student from Belarus who becomes Jacob’s girlfriend.
Mustapha – Libyan owner of Gulf Coast Jobs placement agency.
Yousra – Mustapha’s niece who travels to the US after being led to believe she is Jacob’s fiancé.
Suma – Turkish friend of Jacob’s who owns a restaurant in Gulf Coast City Fla.
Gulf Coast City begins in Tinsley, South Carolina. Jacob is late meeting his sister as he’d promised because he is dallying with a girl who wants to rape him.
While he fights his carnal urges, Jacob’s sister is physically attacked by a sociopath and roughed up but not sexually abused. Jacob accepts the blame for his sister’s dilemma and turns into a drunken looser, drops out of college and moves to Gulf Coast City to search for answers as to why God let Tamar suffer at the hands of her attacker.
Throughout the story, Jacob is portrayed as a gullible wimp who can be manipulated by the many corrupt people he meets in Florida. I grew tired of his naïve character and never developed the empathy for him the author obviously intended me to. His continued soul searching over his rejection of God and his acceptance of situations frowned upon by his religion was the main conflict of the story. Gulf Coast City has no mystery or suspense and is certainly not thrilling. It’s more of a coming of age genre as a twenty-one-year-old searches for maturity and to regain his faith in his religion.
There is a large cast of characters, too many to list here. Most of those not listed are bad, corrupt individuals trafficking in drugs and forced prostitution.
The book’s editing has issues with missing, misspelled and wrong words used. There are also comma issues and too many conflicts with past and present tense in the same sentence or paragraph.
Sentence structure in several instances needed to be rearranged for clarity.
Character development was meager except for Jacob.
The plot was weak and at times felt contrived.
Dialog, discounting foreign characters speaking broken English, seemed clumsy and unnatural.
Changes in scenes need a blank line between them to denote the new setting.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.
At the advice of his pastor, Jacob decides to leave his quiet South Carolina town and travel to Gulf Coast City, Florida. His primary reason for the trip is to speak with the wife of the drifter, hoping to better understand what motivated the drifter’s evil behavior, and in the process, learning what influences the actions of those engaged in violence and greed.
If Jacob wanted to learn about violence and greed, he traveled to the right place. He quickly finds himself immersed in a human trafficking and prostitution ring. Jacob innocently takes a job as operations manager for an employment agency, which turns out to be a front for identifying young immigrant women to serve as exotic dancers and prostitutes. He’s eventually blackmailed into supporting their human trafficking business. Jacob searches for a way out and a way for his faith to be put to use.
Gulf Coast City by David Lloyd is about Jacob’s gripping voyage to understand evil and to balance his faith with his temptations. I found the book fast-paced from the beginning. It has all the elements of a suspenseful crime novel. Most of the dialogue flows naturally, even bringing dialects and slang into the conversations, but there are elements of the book I found distracting.
In my opinion, the frequent Bible verses and Commandments appearing in Jacob’s italicized thoughts detract from the book’s suspense genre and put Jacob’s thoughts at odds with his actions. Jacob’s character and the novel’s suspense genre could be more consistently maintained with fewer biblical references. Still, I found the book a fast read, constantly keeping my attention. There is plenty of intrigue and suspense throughout, and the conclusion has the element of surprise.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.